North Rhine-Westphalia state election, 2017

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North Rhine-Westphalia state election

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All 199 seats of the Landtag of North Rhine-Westphalia
100 seats needed for a majority

  First party Second party Third party
  Armin Laschet CDU Parteitag 2014 by Olaf Kosinsky-6.jpg Hannelorekraft.jpg Christian Lindner crop.jpg
Leader Armin Laschet Hannelore Kraft Christian Lindner
Party CDU SPD FDP
Last election 67 seats, 26.3% 99 seats, 39.1% 22 seats, 8.6%
Seats before 68 seats 98 seats 22 seats
Seats won 72 69 28
Seat change Increase 5 Decrease 30 Increase 6
Percentage 33.0% 31.2% 12.6%
Swing Increase 6.7% Decrease 7.9% Increase 4.0%

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
  Marcus Pretzell.jpg Sylvia Löhrmann.jpg Özlem Christian 02.jpg
Leader Marcus Pretzell Sylvia Löhrmann Özlem Demirel &
Christian Leye
Party AfD Green Left
Last election did not exist 29 seats, 11.3% no seats, 2.5%
Seats before no seats 29 seats 1 seat
Seats won 16 14 0
Seat change Increase 16 Decrease 15 Steady
Percentage 7.4% 6.4% 4.9%
Swing Increase 7.4% Decrease 4.9% Increase 2.4%

  Seventh party
  20131128 Michele Marsching 0804.jpg
Leader Michele Marsching
Party Pirates
Last election 20 seats, 7.8%
Seats before 17 seats
Seats won 0
Seat change Decrease 20
Percentage 1.0%
Swing Decrease 6.8%

Nordrhein-Westfalen Landtagswahlkarte 2017.svg
First votes in the electoral districts.
     CDU      SPD

Minister-President before election

Hannelore Kraft
SPD

Elected Minister-President

Armin Laschet
CDU

The main leading candidates (Spitzenkandidaten) after a TV debate

An election was held on 14 May 2017 to elect members to the Landtag (state legislature) of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

The incumbent government at time of the election was the SPDGreen administration of Minister-President Hannelore Kraft. The main opposition consisted of the CDU, led by Armin Laschet since 2014, and the FDP led by Christian Lindner. Following the election, the CDU and FDP formed a coalition government with Armin Laschet becoming the new Minister-President. The SPD went into the opposition.[1][2]

Opinion polls[edit]

Poll source[3] Publication date SPD CDU Greens FDP Pirates The Left AfD Other
Forschungsgruppe Wahlen 11 May 2017 31% 32% 6.5% 13.5% 6% 6.5% 4.5%
YouGov 11 May 2017 30% 31% 7% 9% 2% 8% 9% 4%
Civey 11 May 2017 32.5% 31.6% 6.4% 12.6% 5.7% 6.4% 4.8%
INSA 9 May 2017 33% 30% 7% 13% 5% 7% 5%
Forschungsgruppe Wahlen 5 May 2017 32% 32% 7.5% 12% 6% 6% 4.5%
Infratest dimap 4 May 2017 32% 31% 7% 13% 5% 8% 4%
Forsa 28 April 2017 35% 29% 6% 12% 6% 7% 5%
YouGov 25 April 2017 36% 27% 6% 7% 2% 8% 11% 3%
Infratest dimap 23 April 2017 34% 34% 6% 10% 5% 8% 3%
INSA 11 April 2017 37% 28% 6% 10% 5% 10% 4%
Infratest dimap 19 March 2017 37% 30% 6% 9% 5% 9% 4%
Forsa 15 March 2017 40% 26% 6% 11% 5% 7% 5%
INSA 5 March 2017 38% 27% 7% 10% 4% 11% 3%
Infratest dimap 19 February 2017 37% 30% 7% 7% 6% 10% 3%
Forschungsgruppe Wahlen 10 February 2017 36% 32% 7% 8% 5% 9% 3%
YouGov 27 January 2017 31% 31% 11% 7% 1% 5% 12% 2%
Emnid 21 January 2017 32% 30% 10% 8% 7% 10% 3%
Infratest dimap 30 October 2016 32% 32% 12% 7% 5% 9% 3%
YouGov 15 September 2016 34% 28% 10% 9% 5% 11% 3%
Mentefactum 11 September 2016 31% 27% 11% 8% 5% 13% 3%
Infratest dimap 22 May 2016 31% 31% 10% 8% 6% 12% 2%
INSA 29 April 2016 29% 32% 13% 7.5% 5.5% 9% 4%
Infratest dimap 21 February 2016 31% 33% 9% 7% 7% 10% 3%
Infratest dimap 13 December 2015 34% 35% 10% 6% 5% 5% 5%
Forsa 2 December 2015 39% 29% 10% 7% 2% 5% 4% 4%
YouGov 26 November 2015 34% 30% 11% 5% 1% 5% 9% 5%
Infratest dimap 7 September 2015 34% 36% 11% 5% 6% 3% 5%
Infratest dimap 21 June 2015 36% 35% 10% 6% 1% 5% 4% 3%
Forsa 2 June 2015 36% 32% 11% 9% 4% 3% 5%
INSA 27 May 2015 34% 38% 12% 6% 1% 6% 2% 1%
YouGov 18 December 2014 34% 35% 12% 4% 2% 4% 7% 2%
Infratest dimap 7 December 2014 35% 36% 10% 5% 1% 5% 5% 3%
Forsa 14 November 2014 36% 33% 10% 4% 2% 5% 6%
Forsa 2 September 2014 39% 32% 10% 5% 3% 4% 4%
Infratest dimap 11 May 2014 37% 36% 10% 5% 2% 5% 3% 2%
YouGov 11 December 2013 38% 34% 10% 4% 5%
Infratest dimap 8 December 2013 37% 38% 8% 4% 3% 5% 3% 2%
Infratest dimap 19 September 2013 38% 35% 11% 4% 2% 4%
Infratest dimap 7 September 2013 40% 36% 9% 4% 3% 4% 2% 2%
Infratest dimap 26 May 2013 39% 35% 14% 4% 2% 3% 3%
YouGov 25 April 2013 42% 31% 12% 6% 2% 3% 4%
Infratest dimap 16 December 2012 40% 32% 12% 5% 4% 4% 3%
YouGov 27 September 2012 39% 30% 13% 5% 5% 4% 4%
YouGov 13 June 2012 38% 29% 12% 7% 7% 3%
2012 election 13 May 2012 39.1% 26.3% 11.3% 8.6% 7.8% 2.5% 4.4%
Leadership polls
Poll source Publication date Hannelore Kraft (SPD) Armin Laschet (CDU)
YouGov 27 January 2017 46% 16%
Mentefactum 11 September 2016 55% 30%
Infratest dimap 22 May 2016 58% 28%
Infratest dimap 13 December 2015 61% 21%
Forsa 2 December 2015 63% 18%
YouGov 26 November 2015 50% 15%
Infratest dimap 21 June 2015 64% 17%
YouGov 18 December 2014 48% 19%
Infratest dimap 7 December 2014 59% 18%
Infratest dimap 11 May 2014 61% 18%

Results[edit]

CDU became the largest party, whereas the ruling SPD and Greens lost votes. The Pirates were ousted from the Landtag, whereas the AfD gained parliamentary representation. FDP got their best result in history. Die Linke narrowly failed to get parliamentary representation. Voter turnout was higher than in the previous election.

The Landtag after the election.
e • d Summary of the 14 May 2017 Landtag of North Rhine-Westphalia elections results
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Party Popular vote Seats
Votes % +/– Seats +/–
Christian Democratic Union
Christlich Demokratische Union Deutschlands – CDU
2,796,683 33.0 Increase6.7 72 Increase5
Social Democratic Party of Germany
Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands – SPD
2,649,205 31.2 Decrease7.9 69 Decrease30
Free Democratic Party
Freie Demokratische Partei – FDP
1,065,307 12.6 Increase4.0 28 Increase6
Alternative for Germany
Alternative für Deutschland – AfD
626,756 7.4 Increase7.4 16 Increase16
Alliance '90/The Greens
Bündnis 90/Die Grünen
539,062 6.4 Decrease4.9 14 Decrease15
The Left
Die Linke
415,936 4.9 Increase2.4
Pirate Party
Piratenpartei Deutschland
80,780 1.0 Decrease6.8 Decrease20
Valid votes 8,487,373 99.0% Steady
Invalid votes 89,808 1.0% Steady
Totals and voter turnout 8,577,221 65.2% Increase5.6% 199 Decrease38
Electorate 13,164,887 100.00
Source: Die Landeswahlleiterin des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CDU und FDP einigen sich auf Koalitionsvertrag". WDR (in German). Retrieved 17 June 2017. 
  2. ^ Krug, Christian. "Martin Schulz's SPD shut out in North Rhine Westphalia". Politico EU. 
  3. ^ "Sonntagsfrage – Nordrhein-Westfalen (Wahlumfrage, Wahlumfragen)". Wahlrecht.de. Retrieved 19 February 2017.